People travel to Mazatlan to relax, get some rays of sunshine, and enjoy the foods of the area. What most don’t realize is beyond the sandy beaches and beautiful blue ocean live many people who don’t know where or how they are getting there next meal and live in shacks without running water, electricity, or a roof over there head.
Sixteen years ago a mission trip to Mazatlan changed my life. Staying in the “Golden Zone” in a 5 star resort where the tourists stay and shop and enjoy all the festive Mexican venues I thought where is this poverty?
We met and starting working with the Lavina Church and Pastor David Newton. David is a Canadian born missionary who on a mission trip fell in love with the people and a certain senorita. After selling most of what he owned he came to make a home in Mazatlan. Today he is the Pastor along with his wife Lolita in the colonia of Fransico Madero known as the tolerance Zone home to drugs and prostitution.
The church opened in 2001 with a few people and today has grown to an active busy church that now supports and helps 2 nearby colonias. God is defiantly present here.
What can you expect on this trip
- you can expect to see God at work in the colonias and the team members who are there.
- you can expect to see and learn about poverty.
- you can expect to experience heartache and wonderment
- you can expect to meet and interact with the people and experience there happiness and Love for God.
Do you wonder why we are always fundraising? This is our source of income for our trip. All our profits go to purchase food and supplies needed for our time there. Over the years our congregation has generously donated and made it possible for us to help fund Pastor David’s expenses. Purchase a mobile kitchen used in colonias that do not yet have a standing church to prepare food. Paint and cement blocks, supplies for the main church in the Golden Zone and our church in Madero. Our latest purchase was a new truck to pull the mobile kitchen, and just this year new tires on the truck.
Our team members pay for there airfare, lodging, and food. Pricing is usually $700.00 to $900.00. You will have a couple days of down time to shop and experience Mazatlan. Each night we do devotions and share our Eye Spys. Expect as a member of this team to be able and willing to help with the fundraisers we have…this is truly a huge part of what we do.
We offer two opportunities each year to experience this trip
November is a more relaxed time…we measure the feet of the kids in Madero for the bags that are filled and returned in January. If funds are good and we have enough people we will do a feeding or 2
January is limited to 16 people ( ages 15+) who should expect to be busy with 2 days on your own. During this time we will visit many colonias and prepare meals or bring food bags that are distributed to the Mamas. This trip also includes a day at the city dump where we prepare a hot meal for the 200+ people who work there. This is a hard for most people as this is the poorest of all people. You will experience the sights, sounds and smells of the dump.
For more information or questions about this Mission trip please contact Linda or Jim Sklenicka …. 763-441-2465 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For every human illness, somewhere in the world
there exists a plant which is the cure